Sirkhane DARKROOM is a photography school for vulnerable children of Syrian, Iraqi and Turkish origin under the organisation Sirkhane Social Circus School.


In DARKROOM, children learn how to take meaningful photos, develop analogue photos and print them. They learn how to create beauty and joy out of darkness of their past and present.

Photography as a pedagogic method, enables children to first of all know themselves better. It is an incredible and effective method of teaching children coming from difficult conditions, new ways of thinking, creativity and being playful while expanding their perspective of their surroundings.


In the course of learning this art, the classes enable them to develop life skills such as social skills, adopting universal values to themselves and to their art, improving physical coordination and concentration. Also, the art of photography enables children to develop a healthy personality and gives them a tool to express themselves in the most meaningful way in order to be a productive member of their society.


A new workshop has just been launched called the Flying Darkroom – a darkroom inside a container that will visit all villages and cities to reach all children in need.


Always in need of darkroom materials like film paper, chemicals etc the project has created a donation campaign that you can contribute to:

Find out more about the DARKROOM initiative here:

Facebook: Sirkhane Darkroom
Instagram: sirkhanedarkroom
Twitter: sirkhanedarkroom

Click on the link below to view some of the moments that have been captured by the project so far: